State to accept applications for enhanced IDs next week

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Minnesota is the fifth state in the U.S. to begin offering enhanced driver's licenses and identifications cards, making traveling to some destinations a little more convenient.

FOX 9 reports the dual-purpose cards allow Minnesotans to re-enter the U.S. by land or sea from Canada, Bermuda, Mexico and the Caribbean without a passport.

The enhanced cards allow border patrol agents to verify cardholder identity and citizenship through Radio Frequency Identification that points to information in a Department of Homeland Security database, FOX 9 says.

Applications will be accepted beginning next Monday at 14 Driver and Vehicle Services stations, which include: Anoka, Arden Hills, Austin, Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Eagan, Hastings, Mankato, Plymouth, Rochester, St. Cloud, St. Paul and Virginia.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old, and both a U.S. citizen and Minnesota resident.

The Star Tribune says the cost is $15 in addition to regular license fees. Applications are expected to take 2-4 weeks to process.

Other states offering enhanced driver's licenses and ID cards are New York, Vermont, Michigan and Washington.

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